Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: February 13 – 19

$20M Gift To UF Health Gives Hope To Families Dealing With Parkinson’s Disease

UF Health recently received a $20 million gift from the Laurel and Lee Fixel Foundation. The gift will be used to establish the Norman Fixel Institution for Neurological Diseases, an institute that focuses on advancing research, technological innovation and clinical care for Parkinson’s, a disease that affects about one million people every year.

The University of Florida will match the gift, doubling the donation to $40 million. This will create a $100 million campaign for additional resources for scientists and doctors working toward advance treatments for neurological disorders.

Full article text available via WUFT News, 2/12.

Loras College Announces Historic $5 Million Gift

Loras College in Dubuque received a $5 million gift, the largest received in the college’s 180-year history. President Jim Collins said the donation will help students for years to come. Bill Miller, a 1952 Loras Academy graduate, donated the money to Loras. The college will use the money for facility improvements to Keane Hall, the Rock Bowl, and the multimedia program space.

Full article text available via KRCG-ABC 9 News, 2/13.

UCLA Athletics Introduces Plans for Student-Athlete Academic Center

UCLA Athletics officially announced its plan to construct a new on-campus student-athlete academic facility to be known as the Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes. The center will be designed to serve the scholastic needs of UCLA’s nearly 700 student-athletes, who participate in 25 intercollegiate athletic programs.

To be named after legendary music industry executive and philanthropist Morris “Mo” Ostin, who has generously committed the lead gift of $15 million to the proposed project, the comprehensive, state-of-the-art academic facility will be located in the heart of the UCLA campus immediately adjacent to the east side of the J.D. Morgan Center.

Full article text available via UCLA Newsroom, 2/13.

McGill University Receives Single Largest Gift in Canadian History — $200M

John McCall MacBain, who turned Quebec’s used-car Auto Hebdo classified ad magazine into a billion-dollar international classified ad conglomerate, is granting a $200-million scholarship fund to McGill University.

The McGill graduate and Rhodes Scholar, and his wife, Marcy, made the announcement Wednesday morning at McGill, in the company of Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and with words of thanks sent by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is the single largest charitable gift ever given in Canada.

Full article text available via the Montreal Gazette, 2/14.

$75M Gift to Establish Center for Blood Cancers at NYU Langone Health Center

Owing to an anonymous $75 million gift, New York University (NYU) Langone Health and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center will establish a Center for Blood Cancers.

The center is expected to house a new, state-of-the-art program for multiple myeloma, complementing its current blood malignancy programs. According to a press release, the new center will markedly enhance blood cancer research, treatment, and scientist recruitment at Perlmutter.

Full article text available via Myeloma Research News, 2/15.

BBYO Receives Historic $25 Million Pledge to Support Women’s Leadership and Empowerment

BBYO announced today that Chicago business leader and philanthropist, Ted Perlman, and his wife, Harriette, have pledged $25 million to accelerate BBYO’s initiatives for young Jewish women and teens. The gift, one of the largest single commitments to a youth-serving organization in modern history, provides immediate resources for BBYO to launch and expand new programs and provides endowment funding that will support such activities in perpetuity.

Full article text available via a BBYO Press Release, 2/15.

Alumni of IU School of Education in Bloomington Gift $4 Million to Indiana University

The Indiana University Foundation has announced a $4 million gift from alumni Nycha Schlegel and Dallas “Bill” Loos. The bequest will benefit countless students, faculty and staff in the School of Education in Bloomington, IU Libraries, the Kelley School of Business and the Wells Scholars Program.

The bequest from Schlegel and Loos honors areas of the university that were meaningful to them during their time at IU and beyond, such as the Herman B Wells Library, Lilly Library and School of Education. And it also supports today’s hard-working Wells Scholars.

Full article text available via IU News, 2/18.

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